Divorce is the act of dividing what was one shared life into two separate lives – a process that may prove complicated as many factors must be considered. In addition to facing the end of a relationship, you must figure out living situations, find a suitable child custody or visitation arrangement, reclaim personal property, and divide marital property and assets equitably according to Pennsylvania law. This process is governed by Pennsylvania code in 231 Pa.C.S. §1920, as well as specific precedents and public policies of the court, such as the custody policy of “best interest of the child.”
Many factors determine the legal complexity of your divorce, including whether the decision is mutual or one-sided, the divorce pursued is at-fault or no-fault, if there are children, and the number and value of marital assets and properties that must be divided. One of the most well-known methods is at-fault divorce. However, there are other available methods including mediation and settling a simple divorce out of court.
Our Chester County family law firm represents couples in all varieties of divorce proceedings. Our team of compassionate West Chester divorce lawyers will work directly with you to find a divorce solution that most favorably fits your situation. This may include any number of legal processes such as:
- At-fault Divorce
- No-fault Divorce
- Collaborative Divorce
- High Net Worth Divorce
- Divorce Mediation
- Spousal Support
- Shared Child Custody
- Sole Child Custody
- Child Support
- Child Visitation
- Enforcement and Modification of Court Orders
Pennsylvania has specific state rules and standards for all of these processes. Spousal support, for instance, is generally governed by a certain percentage which may or may not be flexible depending on the circumstances of each spouse. Child custody and child support issues are always governed by what the court considers best for the child or children. Marital assets and property – that is any and all physical or financial property acquired by the couple during the marriage – are equitably distributed by the court if the couple can’t come to an agreement themselves. Equitable distribution is what constitutes a fair division based on a number of factors and not a 50/50 split.
An experienced Chester County divorce lawyer can work with you to address all of these issues, as well as contract with any experts that may be needed, such as forensic accountants or business valuators. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we understand that this is a stressful and emotional time in your life. Our compassionate team of divorce lawyers in West Chester work together to find and fight for a favorable outcome in your divorce, consulting with you every step of the way.
If you are facing divorce in Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, or anywhere in the Greater Philadelphia area and are seeking legal advisement, mediation, or representation contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. We will listen to the concerns and needs of you and your family and search for a divorce solution that is favorable to you. Your first consultation is free, so call Ciccarelli Law Offices at (877) 529-2422 today.